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Alliance hires new Chamber manager


Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance President/CEO Charlie Sparks has named Kimberly Pinkerton as the new manager of the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce, effective today.

A longtime leader in the Wabash community, Pinkerton worked with the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce for 18 years, serving 13 years as its president and CEO. She has extensive experience in creating strong partnerships with leaders in business, workforce development and education.

“We’re looking forward to the evolvement of the Chamber under Kim’s solid leadership,” Sparks said. “We are also excited to add her knowledge and experience to enhance the Alliance’s workforce development efforts.”

During her tenure with the Wabash chamber, Pinkerton worked with industry and education partners to identify career pathways and create a workforce development initiative to bring 21st century technology to local students and create a pipeline of qualified workers. The partnership resulted in regional iniatives that attracted nearly $1 million in grants for training and lab programs for both emerging and existing workers.

Pinkerton holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Huntington University and also attended the Indiana Hoosier Chamber Executive Academy. She was named the 2011 Chamber Executive of the Year by Indiana Chamber Executives Association and was recognized by the Indiana General Assembly.

In her new position, she will facilitate the Greater Kokomo Chamber's growth, membership engagement, programming and development.

“I think there’s so much opportunity here in Howard County,” said Pinkerton, who now resides in Kokomo. “You’re already doing great things here, and I’m excited for the opportunity to continue building those community partnerships that are fueling Kokomo’s growth momentum.”

She is anxious to learn more about the Kokomo business community.

“I look forward to meeting members and stakeholders to find out what their needs are and learn how I can grow their business and the community,” she said. “The Kokomo chamber already has a great group of volunteers, and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Pinkerton can be reached by calling 765-457-5301 or by emailing to